Plastics

The triangle with a number from 1 to 7 is a Resin Identification Code notifying manufacturers what type of plastic the item is made from - it is not related to whether or not you can put it in your kerbside recycling bin.

So can it go in the recycling bin?

We advise:

Ignore the Number and ask the following 2 questions:

  • Is it foam?
    Yes – then place it in the waste to landfill bin.
     
  • Does it hold a 3 dimensional shape?
    Yes – then it can go in the recycling bin.
    e.g. a biscuit tray

    No - if your plastic is scrunchy like a plastic bag, it is considered a soft plastic and should go in the waste to landfill bin or the soft plastics recycling bin at Coles Supermarkets.  
    e.g. a biscuit wrapper

The company that takes the contents of our recycling bins is a household packaging recycler, so not all rigid plastics go in the yellow lidded/recycling bin.

See below for more details and specific examples to know where to put your plastics. 

 Audio Cassette

 Audio and video cassettes can be recycled via the Unplug ‘N’ Drop program (Bunnings sites exempted).
Simply bag them up and drop them off at an Unplug ‘N’ Drop collection hub

OR

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Baby food pouches

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Biscuit tray

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 Bottle top - plastic

Leave on plastic bottles.

Remove from glass bottles & jars.

Recycling icon Place loose in yellow / recycling bin.

 Bread bags

Return to Coles supermarkets with other plastic bags & soft plastics.

OR

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Bubble wrap

Return to Coles with other plastic bags & soft plastics.

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Cake tray

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 CD & DVD covers

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

NO discs.

Separate paper cover and remove soft plastic sleeve.

 CD / DVD

 CDs and DVDs can be recycled via the Unplug ‘N’ Drop program (Bunnings sites exempted).
Simply bag them up and drop them off at an Unplug ‘N’ Drop collection hub

OR

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Cellophane

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Chip packet

Return to Coles with other plastic bags & soft plastics.

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Clingfilm (Gladwrap)

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Coffee cup lids (takeaway)

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 Cooking oil container

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 Cosmetic containers

Including bottles, tubes and tubs.

 These can be recycled via Terracycle collection points at Woodcroft Community Centre or Willunga Environment Centre.

Please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. lipstick).

OR

 Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Dental floss container

 These can be recycled via Terracycle collection points at Woodcroft Community Centre or Willunga Environment Centre.

Please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover floss).

OR

 Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Deoderant, roll on

Plastic - deoderant roll onRecycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 

 


 

 Detergent bottle

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 Disposable nappy

Plastics - nappiesWaste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 

 

 

 Disposable razor

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Drink bottle

Plastic drink bottleRecycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 

 


 

 Foam / polystyrene
Plastic - foam cup

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 

 

 

 Food tray - foam

Plastic - foam food trayWaste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 

 

 

 Food tray - NOT foam

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

Must be rigid plastic NOT polystyrene.

 Fruit punnet

Plastic - fruit punnetRecycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 

 

 

 

 Haircare containers (tubes)

 These can be recycled via Terracycle collection points at Woodcroft Community Centre or Willunga Environment Centre.

Please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. conditioner, hair colouring).

OR

 Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Haircare containers (bottles/tubs)

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 

 HelloFresh gel packs

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Do NOT place these packs in the recycling bin.

 HelloFresh insulation packs

 Plastic sleeve - remove sleeve: this can go to Coles wiht other plastic bags and soft plastics.

OR

 Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Green organics bin icon Wool inner - put in the green organics bin.

Do NOT place these packs in the recycling bin.

 Ice-cream container

Plastic - ice cream containerRecycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 

 

 

 Lolly packet

Return to Coles supermarkets with other plastic bags & soft plastics.

OR

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Lunch box

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 Makeup containers

Including bottoles, tubes, tubs, trays and compacts.

 These can be recycled via Terracycle collection points at Woodcroft Community Centre or Willunga Environment Centre.

Please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. foundation, eye shadow).

OR

 Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Margarine container

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 Medicine / vitamin bottle

Plastic - medicine bottleRecycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 

 

 

 

 Milk bottle

Plastic - milk bottleRecycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 

 

 

 

 Plant pot

Plastic - plant potsRecycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

No need to rinse, just scrape clean.

 

 

 

 Plastic bags

Plastic - bags

Return to Coles or Woolworths supermarkets with other plastic bags.

Coles recycles plastic bags and soft plastic including shopping bags, fruit& vegetable bags, lolly bags, bread bags, frozen vegetable bags.

OR

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin

 

 

 Plastic food container

Plastic - food containersRecycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 

 

 

 Plastic lid

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

Plastic - lid   Plastic - lid 2

 Plastic pipe (PVC or irrigation)

Plastic - PVC pipeWaste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.


 

 Plastic toy

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

Remove batteries.

Plastic toy truck    Plastic - bucket and spade    Plastic - doll

 Plate / bowl / cup / cutlery

Plastic - bowl and cutleryRecycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

Must be rigid plastic.

 

 Polystyrene packaging
Plastic - foam

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 

 

 Skincare packaging

including bottles, tubes and tubs.

 These can be recycled via Terracycle collection points at Woodcroft Community Centre or Willunga Environment Centre.

Please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. face wash, lip balm, shaving cream).

OR

 Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Soft drink bottle

Plastic - soft drink bottleRecycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

Remember that most of these can also be returned to bottle & can recycler to claim a 10c refund.

 

 

 

 Strapping - plastic

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Styrofoam

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

* see also Foam / Polystyrene

 

 Takeaway food container

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 Toothbrush

Other These can be recycled via Terracycle collection points at Woodcroft Community Centre or Willunga Environment Centre.

OR

Waste to landfill Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Toothpaste tubes and caps

Other These can be recycled via Terracycle collection points at Woodcroft Community Centre or Willunga Environment Centre.

OR

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Video case

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin. NO tapes.

Separate paper cover and remove soft plastic sleeve.

 Video cassette

 Video and audio cassettes can be recycled via the Unplug ‘N’ Drop program (Bunnings sites exempted).
Simply bag them up and drop them off at an Unplug ‘N’ Drop collection hub.

OR

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Water cask bladder

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Wine cask bladder

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Yakult bottle

Recycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

Remember that these can also be returned to bottle & can recycler to claim a 10c refund.

 Yoghurt squeezies

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 Yoghurt tub

Plastic - yogurt containerRecycling icon Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

 

 


 

 Zip lock bag

Waste to landfill icon Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

 
Recycling icon yellow / recycling bin
Green organics bin icon green organics bin
Waste to landfill icon red / waste to landfill bin
Hardwaste icon hard waste collection
Hazardous waste icon hazardous material - dispose of properly
Other icon other disposal options apply

 

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